Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.

   

Connie Hanson
Pasadena, CA

Connie HansonConnie and Dave Hanson had no idea America's National Forests were being commercially logged and destroyed until their sons Kirk and Chad returned from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mexico all the way to Canada. When Chad showed pictures of the clearcuts and massive devastation that they repeatedly encountered, they were shocked and spurred into action. Following Chad’s lead, the whole family joined the Sierra Club and became charter members of the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation (where Connie remains a board member). In addition, she put forth a vigorous effort to obtain Congressional co-sponsors for the original National Forest Protection and Restoration Act, and served on the Sierra Club's national “End Commercial Logging on Public Lands” Campaign Committee.

Connie’s greatest contribution to environmental protection is the establishment of a prayer circle which she and daughter Amy began in 1997, called Christians Caring for Creation Prayer Network (CCCPN). Over many years what began as a small circle of friends has grown into a vigorous nationwide prayer network, enlisting hundreds of churches and individuals to pray for the protection and preservation of God's creation as well as the people and projects that are working for creation protection and restoration.

Reverend Owen Owens presented Connie with a 2004 Steward of the Forest award during a National Prayer Breakfast for Forest Conservation at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC.

 

 

 

 

LIST OF RECIPIENTS

1999
Vincent Rossi
Chad Hanson

2000

Dr. Bob Marshall
Rev. Owen Owens
Julia "Butterfly" Hill
Jim Davidson
Dr. Robert Jonas

2001

Chief Michael Dombeck
Dr. Barak Gale

2002

Hume Davenport
Ann Alexander

2003

Rep. Cynthia McKinney

2004

Connie Hanson
Fr. Jacek Orzechowski

2005

Rev. Peter Moore-Kochlacs

 

 

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2006

Allen Johnson

2007

Rabbi Warren Stone
Thomas Herschelmen

2008

Carlos Agnesi
Fred Krueger

2009

Dr. Calvin DeWitt

2010

Dr. James Hansen

2011

Lisa Jackson

2012

Wendell Berry
Dr. Tom English
Dr. Lise Van Susteren

2013

Bill McKibben
Larry Gibson